Austerlitz 2016 – Press Release

The commemorative event dedicated to the 211th anniversary of the battle of Austerlitz will be held on the 3rd and 4th december 2016. The main points of program will be the saturday battle re-enactement under the Santon hill (14:00) and the sunday act of piety at the Peace monument (12:00).

The main points of program will be the saturday battle re-enactement near the village of Tvarožná under the Santon hill (14:00), with approx. 1000 participants in uniforms, 60 horses and 15 cannons; and the sunday act of piety above the village of Prace at the Peace monument, the place of the hardest fight of the battle of Austerlitz (12:00).

The event is organized under the auspices of the governor of the South-Moravian Region, Mr. Michal Hasek, the minister of defense of the Czech republic, Mr. Martin Stropnicky, and the minister of the regional developement, Mrs. Karla Slechtova. The event is sponsored by the Region of South Moravia and Department of Defense of the Czech Republic. The partner of the event is CzechTourism.

At Austerlitz the Emperor of the French Napoleon I has decided within a few hours the out-come of the campaign of 1805 and the war of the 3rd coalition. The defeated russian emperor Alexander I and his army have left the central Europe; the war between France and Russia would however continue untill 1807, the battle of Friedland and the Tilsit peace treaty. The austrian emperor Francis I has accepted the conditions of armistice signed on the 6th decem-ber 1805 at the Austerlitz castle and later also the conditions of the severe Presburg peace treaty signed on the 26th december. The severity of these conditions and Napoleon’s rising influence in Germany have led in three years to another conflict between Austria and France, the war of 1809, culminating in Moravia again, by the battle of Znaim. The Napoleonic epopee continued by the russian campaign of 1812, the war of the 6th coalition in 1813-1814 and culminated by the battle of Waterloo.

The commemorative events are not any celebration of Napoleon or his victory, and by no me-ans any celebration of war or battle. The international political and war events that, at their time, influenced Europe essentially, and divided it for a long time, are becoming ground for get-togetherness and common interest for many people from all around the world. The aim of the events is the commemoration and support of knowledge of the common european history.

The Project Austerlitz offers the possibility of presentation of partners and sponsors. The events are organized by the Project Austerlitz every year since 1998.